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  • Title: Tian Chaoming papers
    Date (inclusive): 1981-2001
    Collection Number: 2012C48
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: Chinese
    Physical Description: 8 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (2.0 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Writings, correspondence, and photographs, relating to political dissent and advocacy of democracy and human rights in Taiwan. Includes correspondence with political prisoners and photographs of political demonstrations.
    Creator: Tian, Chaoming, 1918-2010
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.


    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 2012.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Tian Chaoming papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Biographical Note

    Tian was a Japanese-educated physician known for his efforts in promoting Taiwan's democracy, human rights, and political independence. An eyewitness to the bloody incident of February 1947, when the Chinese Nationalist government violently suppressed an antigovernment uprising in Taiwan, as well as to the ensuing martial law of Taiwan under the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), Tian never was at ease with authority. A lone dissident in the face of Kuomintang authoritarian rule in Taiwan, he became one of the pioneers in the Democratic Progressive Party, the ruling party of Taiwan between 2000 and 2008.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Included in the collection are Tian's manuscripts, his correspondence with political prisoners, and more than three hundred photographs documenting anti-Kuomintang political movements in the 1980s and the 1990s.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Taiwan -- Politics and government
    Civil rights -- Taiwan
    Taiwan -- Pictorial works
    Dissenters -- Taiwan